At High Wire Hops we believe in nourishing our soil
so the soil can then nourish the plants.
Hover for descriptions of our process:
Soil Analysis Report
We conduct soil tests every spring to ensure we apply needed nutrients in the right quantities to maximize plant health and yields.
Mixing Amendments w/Compost
We also apply locally sourced compost to our beds every fall after harvest. Compost is essential for replenishing nutrients in the soil, feeding soil life and increasing organic matter.
Foliar Feeding is a technique we use to apply nutrients directly to the plants during the growing season. Spraying the leaf surfaces of the entire plant enables nutrients to be absorbed immediately.
A clover cover crop is established in our alleyways during the first season of new plantings. Alleyways are the large open areas between the hop beds. Clover is a perennial and provides essential nitrogen to the plants throughout the growing season.
Clover in the Alleyway
This complements the compost and minimizes the amount of compost that needs to be used on the farm annually. In addition clover suppresses weeds and provides habitat for beneficial insects.
Freshly Weeded Beds
Timely weed management is critical throughout the growing season. Weeds compete for nutrients and water and can significantly compromise plant health and yields.
We weed on a regular schedule by hand and with hoes. We never use chemicals to suppress weeds.
We use weed fabric on a number of acres. Fabric is incredibly effective for suppressing weeds and maximizing yields.
We use beneficial insect like ladybugs to control pests.